Born February 24, 1950, George Thorogood grew up as a baseball player in Wilmington, Delaware. Thorogood was not always the famous guitar player he is now, he actually did not pick up a guitar until he was 16 years old. With no experience in singing, song writing, or playing a musical instrument, Thorogood made it his dream to learn and start playing music.
Thorogood began his career as a solo acoustic act, in the country-blues genre. Although he did not get the fame he desired alone, he took the feedback he received and called high school friends, a drummer and bass player, and created a rockin’ trio that began doing local gigs. The trio made the decision to relocate to Boston and tour New England; the decision ended up being a great one when the crowds loved them, but the trio still did not have a record deal and it was making their careers stressful. Thorogood described 1974-1977 as the roughest years of his career, but it paid off when the band signed a record deal with Rounder Records and created their first album, Move it on Over. Although the album was released the day Elvis died, it still had smashing success and was certified gold. Thorogood helped popularize Hank Williams song, “Move it on over” when he recorded it on his first album. Listen below to hear the Thorogood version!
George Thorogood and the Destroyers continued their success with sixteen studio albums, including six gold and two platinum records. The most popular single released was a Thorogood original with “Bad to the Bone.” Rockers everywhere loved the song and so did the band.
Now in 2015, George Thorogood and the Destroyers are on tour prepared to give their fans the best show ever. As stated by George Thorogood, “When we play, whether it’s a great old theater, a shiny new casino, an outdoor festival, wherever, we have fun on stage. We give the fans a great show. Most of all, we’re making a living doing what we love and people love what we're doing.”